Making a difference through Scouting

Why Scouting?

For over 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to:

  • Try new things
  • Provide service to others
  • Build self-confidence
  • Reinforce ethical standards

Powerful Movie Brings Scouting’s Impact to Life

Powefull Movie

"Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions" is the story of Tristan, a boy coping with life in the inner-city projects. His mother enrolls him in Boy Scouting in an effort to keep him off the streets. But when Tristan witnesses a homicide, a local thug demands his silence. Now he must learn, with the help of his new friends, that doing the right thing isn’t always easy. Will he follow the code of the streets or the code of the Boy Scouts?

The movie’s powerful story contains messages that resonate with today’s youth. Since the release of "Troop 491," numerous Scouting councils have planned local showings to help with membership recruitment and new-unit development in urban and inner-city areas.

Hold Your Own Movie Screening!


To find out more about holding a movie screening of "Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions," please call 972-580-2425. A Scouting representative will go over details and direct you to your BSA local council.



In late 2013, community leaders in Fort Pierce, Florida, reached out to their local Boy Scouts of America council after several failed attempts to combat serious gang issues in their community.

Under the leadership of Scout Executive Jeff Isaac, the Gulf Stream Council in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, launched its Restoring the Village concept. As part of that effort, Van Duzer Foundation President Scott Van Duzer signed on to help start Troop 772 with 26 young men.

The council held a screening of “Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions” as a recruiting tool in the area’s toughest junior high school and saw immediate, impactful results. Isaac said that the young men who saw the film easily recognized themselves in the characters projected on the screen. “They saw their own struggles, fears, and aspirations reflected back at them,” he said.

Today, Troop 772 has a waiting list of young men who want to join because they have been able to see how Scouting can be relevant in their own lives. “We now have plans to share ‘Troop 491’ in our other hard-to-serve areas,” Isaac said.

“They saw their own struggles, fears, and aspirations reflected back at them.”

- Jeff Isaac

About the Filmmaker

Praheme Praphet wrote, directed, and produced "Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions," which was completed in May 2013. Praphet was a Boy Scout while growing up in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his B.A. in film at Howard University and his Masters of Fine Arts in film production at Florida State University.

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